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Concerts Schools Project

The program — entirely free to students and their schools — deepens music education for hundreds of teenagers through in-class workshops and attendance at live performances in 92Y’s world-class Concerts Series. Workshops connect students’ course of study with their concert experience and encourage them to become lifelong lovers of music.

92Y Visiting Artist Pete Smith leading a workshop at Eleanor Roosevelt High School

92Y Concerts Schools Project builds upon existing music programs at New York City public high schools. The program deepens and expands students’ music education through in-class workshops and attendance at live performances in 92Y’s renowned Concerts Series. Youth arts-enrichment programs throughout New York City often focus on either elementary school students with little to no access to the arts or advanced music students in performing arts schools. By collaborating with classroom music teachers, 92Y Concerts Schools Project engages students who fall between the two extremes.

Each academic year, students and their teachers receive:

  • Tickets to 92Y Concerts
  • Roundtrip Transportation to 92Y
  • Dinner with music students from other participating schools
  • Pre- or post- concert Q&As with the performing artists at 92Y
  • Classroom workshops with professional performing artists

92Y Concerts Schools Project currently engages students studying voice, piano, guitar and most orchestral instruments. To learn more about joining the program, contact Ava Lehrer at 212.415.5768 / email.

Jennifer Koh
Photo Credit: Jennifer Taylor

92Y Concerts Schools Project provides music students and teachers from public high schools throughout New York City free access to 92Y Concerts — featuring vibrant and richly diverse programs of chamber music, solo recitals, jazz and the American Songbook, as well as Art of the Guitar series concerts. Following the performance, students have the chance to meet with the performing artists for a Q&A at 92Y.

2017/18 Concerts

  • Orpheus Chamber Orchestra & Mischa Maisky, cello
  • Paco Peña
  • Angela Hewitt
  • Sharon Isbin
  • Brentano String Quartet & Dawn Upshaw
  • Jorge Caballero
  • Emmanuel Pahud & Alessio Bax
  • Woman to Woman All-Star Band featuring Renee Rosnes, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Ingrid Jensen, Melissa Aldana, Anat Cohen & Noriko Ueda
  • Brazilian Guitar Quartet
  • Benjamin Grosvenor & Musicians from the New York Philharmonic

92Y Concerts Schools Project Visiting Artists include:

Jenny Lin


Mark Travis

New York Philharmonic in-house producer

Pete Smith


Ann Hoyt


Jennifer Choi

Vocal students at the Theatre Arts Production Company School during a pre-concert workshop; string players from Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music and The Young Women’s Leadership School of Harlem at 92Y during a pre-concert Q&A with the Pacifica Quartet. Photo credit: Jack Llewellyn-Karski.

92Y’s Center for Education Outreach offers comprehensive literary, creative arts, music and science initiatives that benefit 16,000 K-12 students throughout New York City.

Public funding for 92Y Concerts Schools Project is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development. Generous funding is also provided by the Leir Charitable Foundations, Eric Warren Goldman, and Warren and Jane Weiss.

92Y thanks Eva Usdan for providing generous support to launch the Concerts Schools Project in 2014. 
To learn more about supporting 92Y’s Center for Education Outreach, call 212.415.5575 or visit


“I can’t think of anything that could have been done better to make the evening any more special. The performance was amazing. I love the pieces Jennifer Koh played and the energy and emotion she put into the music.” — string student from Edward R. Murrow High School

“I now have a newfound respect and love for both silent film scores and Buster Keaton.” — audio science student from Eleanor Roosevelt High School (after attending a screening of Buster Keaton’s The General, with live improvised piano accompaniment by Matan Porat)

“What I liked about The Romeros concert was when the song by Joaquín Turina was played. It was fun to see people play the guitar like that because it made me think — if they can do that, maybe I can too.” — guitar student from James Madison High School